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The neurobiology of punishment.

Seymour, B and Singer, T and Dolan, R (2007) The neurobiology of punishment. Nat Rev Neurosci, 8. pp. 300-311. ISSN 1471-003X

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Abstract

Animals, in particular humans, frequently punish other individuals who behave negatively or uncooperatively towards them. In animals, this usually serves to protect the personal interests of the individual concerned, and its kin. However, humans also punish altruistically, in which the act of punishing is personally costly. The propensity to do so has been proposed to reflect the cultural acquisition of norms of behaviour, which incorporates the desire to uphold equity and fairness, and promotes cooperation. Here, we review the proximate neurobiological basis of punishment, considering the motivational processes that underlie punishing actions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals Humans Models, Neurological Motivation Neurobiology Punishment
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Computational and Biological Learning
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:23
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2014 01:09
DOI: 10.1038/nrn2119

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